Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program

Program Overview

Are you interested in speech-language pathology or audiology? Do you need to complete courses to make you eligible for a graduate program? 

Our fully-online Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is designed for individuals returning to school with a completed bachelor's degree in a field other than speech-language pathology or audiology. This program is offered through the University of Montana's School for Extended Lifelong Learning in conjunction with the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences and can be completed in one year. The purpose is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the areas of speech, language, and hearing development in order to be eligible to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. 

These courses are offered fully online (no face-to-face sessions required) and have an asynchronous learning environment, which means students can work on courses at times that best fit their schedule. However, instructors may assign deadlines for assignments, course projects and exams. The courses are offered in 5-week to 8-week modules. Since the course content for each module is the same as in our 16-week semester-long courses, students must plan carefully for the increased amount of lecture and study time needed each week. Course dates are indicated in the schedule below.  To ensure you have the necessary computer system requirements for online courses at the University of Montana, please visit the UM Online Systems Requirements website.

2019-2020 Online Curriculum Schedule

Course Start/End Dates


Course Name



Date Registration Opens


Aug 26-Oct 18, 2019 CSD 110: Field of CSD Aug 1,2019
Aug 26-Oct 18, 2019 CSD 210: Speech & Language Development Aug 1, 2019
Oct 21-Dec 13, 2019 BIOH 330: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms Oct 1, 2019
Oct 21-Dec 13, 2019 CSD 320: Phonological Development & Phonetics CSD 210 Oct 1, 2019
Jan 6-Feb 25, 2020 CSD 222: Introduction to Audiology Dec 1, 2019
Jan 6-Feb25, 2020 CSD 365: Acquired Speech & Language Disorders CSD 210 Dec 1, 2019
Mar 2-Apr 24, 2020 CSD 420: Speech Science CSD 222, CSD 320, BIOH 330 Feb 1, 2020
Apr 27-Jun 19, 2020 CSD 450: Aural Rehabilitation CSD 210, CSD 222,  CSD 460, CSD 365 Apr 1, 2020
Apr 27-Jun 19, 2020 CSD 460: Language Assessment and Intervention For Children Birth to Preschool CSD 210, CSD 320 Apr 1, 2020
7/1/19-8/23/19 CSD 331: Neuroanatomy & Physiology for Communication BIOH 330 6/1/19
7/1/19-8/23/19 CSD 405: The Clinical Process CSD 210, CSD 222, CSD 320, CSD 365, CSD 460 6/1/19

Online Registration

Once the SLHOS School's Leveling Program Application is received and approved, students will register and pay for the courses they intend to take using the registration links below via SELL (School of Extended and Lifelong Learning). Registration deadlines are indicated in the above  online leveling program schedule, Please register early. Course log-in information for the Moodle course delivery system will be sent to students by email within five business days of each course start date.

NOTE: payment for each course must be received before course log-in information will be provided. Required textbook information will be posted alongside the course registration links below. Students should purchase textbooks before the first class meeting.

Once a course has started, students must notify the instructor in writing of their intent to drop, or add, the course as soon as possible. The refund schedule below applies to students who need to drop a course. Please note that in order to process refunds for payments made by check, the University of Montana requires a "Substitute W-9 Form," which requires the student's Social Security Number.

  • Deadline the last weekday before the course start date:  100% refund
  • Withdraw during week #1:  50% refund
  • No refunds after week #1

Online Fees

Each 3-credit course is offered at a rate of $950, which includes all tuition and fees, but does exclude textbooks. This rate applies to both Montana resident and non-resident students.

Online Registration Links, Instructors, and Textbook(s)

CSD 110: Field of Communicative Sciences & Disorders:

Instructor: Jennifer Closson


Registration Link

Although this course is not required for you to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program, this course is strongly recommended for the following reasons:
  1. Many Universities other than UM may require this for their graduate admissions.
  2. This course is required if you want to earn a Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology-Assistant Certificate.  If you have questions about the SLP/A-A Certificate, see website information and/or contact Meghann Schroeder at (406) 243-6105, or

Required Textbook: 

"Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective", 6th Edition, by Owens & Farinella


CSD 210: Speech & Language Development

Instructor: Dana Fitz Gale

Email: dana.fitzgale@mso.umt.eduI

Registration Link

Required Textbook:

"Language Development from Theory to Practice" by Pence Turnbull and Justice 2nd or 3rd edition. Feel free to buy a used copy, rent it from a textbook rental service or get it as an ebook (don't worry if it does not come with the access code for the online supplements). EITHER the second or third edition is permissible. 


CSD 320: Phonological Development & Phonetics

Instructor: Dr. Amy Glaspey


Registration Link

Required Textbook & CD:

Required Textbook Small, L. H. (2020). Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students (5th ed.) Plus Enhanced Pearson eText—Access Card Package. Pearson (Allyn & Bacon). Isbn10: 0135206057 Isbn13: 9780135206058


BIOH 330: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms

Instructor: TBA


Registration Link

Required Textbook:

Seikel, J. A., Drumright, D. G., & King, D. W. (2015). Anatomy & physiology for speech, language, and hearing. Nelson Education.

Print ISBN: 9781285198248

The 5th edition comes with a student resource guide and activities that you may not be able to get with the older additions. The activities won't be required, but are a great practical way to support understanding of material.

You may purchase the 4th Edition if you'd like. Page numbers will be a bit off, but the general information is still there.


CSD 222: Introduction to Audiology

Instructor: TBA


 Registration Link

Required Textbook: 

The text is offered in digital format (listed below).

Hall, James W. Introduction to Audiology Today, Pearson, New Jersey. 2014

ISBN-13: 9780133347890

Required readings and materials will be posted throughout the term on the course website (Moodle).  In addition, several sessions will involve interaction with media.  Please follow the detailed course information that will be released each week on Moodle.


CSD 365: Acquired Speech & Language Disorders

Instructor: Dana Fitzgale


Registration Link

Required Textbook:


Manasco, M. H. (2016). Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders, Second Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

ISBN-13: 978-1284099041

Students are welcome to purchase this text in ebook form, order a used copy, or rent one of the copies available through online retailers. It is not mandatory to have the online access code that comes with the newest version of this text. It is mandatory that you have the second edition.


CSD 450: Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

Instructor: Catherine Drescher


Registration Link

Required Textbook: 

Tye-Murray, N. (2015).  Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation (Children, Adults and Their Family Members) – 4th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage. 

ISBN-13: 978-1-133-28142-9

Other resources will be posted on Moodle


CSD 460: Language Assessment and Intervention for Children Birth to Preschool

Instructor: Ashley Bourque Meaux


Registration Link

Required Textbook 

Owens, R. E. (2017). Early language intervention for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (1st edition). Pearson Communication Sciences and Disorders.

ISBN-13: 978-0134618906

ISBN-10: 0134618904

Students are welcome to purchase this text in ebook form, order a used copy, or rent one of the copies available through online retailers. It is beneficial to have the online access code that comes with the newest version of this text. 


CSD 331: Neuroanatomy & Physiology for Communication

Instructor: Laurie Slovarp


Registration Link

Required Textbooks: 

Webb, W. G. (2017). Neurology for the speech-language pathologist, 6th ed. St. Louis,MO: Mosby Elsevier. ISBN 978-0323100274

LaPointe, L.L. (2012). Atlas of Neuroanatomy for Communication Science and Disorders.Thieme, New York. ISBN 978-1-60406-649-4


CSD 420: Speech Science

Instructor: Ashley Bourque Meaux


Registration Link 

Required Textbook: 

Ferrand, C. (2014). Speech science: An integrated approach to theory and clinical practice (3rd edition). Pearson (Allyn & Bacon Series).

ISBN-13: 978-0132907118  or   ISBN-10: 0132907118

Students are welcome to purchase this text in ebook form, order a used copy, or rent one of the copies available through online retailers. It is not mandatory to have the online access code that comes with the newest version of this text. You may chose the third or fourth edition; readings for each edition will be posted on the syllabus.


CSD 405: The Clinical Process

Instructor: Kimberly Ramsey


Registration Link

Required Textbook: 

Paul, R. (2014). Introduction to clinical methods in communication disorders (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Brooks Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-59857-286-5

ISBN-10: 1=59857-286-5

ASHA Standard IV-A and Multicultural Course Requirements

In addition to the University of Montana’s academic coursework, ASHA requires that upon graduation from the Master's program the student must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.  Additionally, our program requires a multicultural course.  

Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards

These courses may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level and must have received a passing grade.

The following courses, or approved equivalent courses, must be documented on your transcripts.

See below for suggested courses by category

  • Physical Science: Physics or chemistry.
  • Biological Science:  Science of living things (human or animal):  biology, general anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science (must be non-CSD courses)
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.
  • Statistics: Prerequisite for CSD Research Methods.  One stand-alone course is required.  UM’s graduate Research Methods CSD course does not count for stats. Psychology, Math, or Social stats; stats also meets the previous math course category.
  • Multicultural: U of M’s CSD UG 480 or approved course; must be a cross-cultural course rather than emphasis on one single culture

*Advanced placement, CLEP, or exam of equivalency may be used, but transcripts must be provided.

*Other courses may be acceptable based on departmental approval. Any of these courses may be completed in an on-campus or online format through the University of Montana, as well (see the Course Catalog for specific courses). Please be aware that because these supplemental courses are not part of our leveling program, the regular university tuition schedule applies and students will need to enroll in the university as post-baccalaureate students to register for these courses. Please visit the Admissions page to learn more about post-baccalaureate admission. Please visit the Business page to learn more about the post-baccalaureate tuition fee schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the CSD Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program

  1. What is the deadline to apply?
    • We accept applications to the online leveling program throughout the year. We recommend that you apply a minimum of one month prior to the start date of the course in which you intend to enroll.
    • If you are interested in the campus-based leveling program, you will need to apply to the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student. These applications are also accepted on a rolling basis, but please visit the Admissions page for specific information.
  2. Am I required to begin in the fall?
    • Most students start in the fall so that they can take the lower level courses that are prerequisite for other courses offered in the spring and summer.
    • Students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in prerequisite courses can enroll in courses at any point in the year.
  3. Am I eligible for federal financial aid if I am enrolled in this leveling program?
    • Unfortunately, no. Federal financial aid is only available for degree-granting programs. Many students in the leveling program opt to secure a private alternative loan. This type of loan is a non-federal educational loan through a private lending institution.
  4. Am I eligible for tuition waiver if I am an employee of the University of Montana?
    • If you are taking courses in the campus-based leveling program, you might be eligible for a tuition waiver. Contact Human Resource Services to see if you are eligible.
    • The tuition for courses taken through the online leveling program cannot be waived.
  5. Do I have to take all courses?
    • No. Although most students enrolled in the leveling program elect to complete the full course sequence, some students may only need to take a few courses. Students are welcome to take as many or as few courses as they choose.
  6. Do I need to log-in at certain times to join a virtual classroom if I am taking online courses?
    • No. Although, there are set dates when assignments and quizzes must be completed, the online leveling program was designed for individuals who are interested in completing the coursework, but need to work at their own pace around work and family schedules. The exact format of each course may vary; please contact the course instructor about questions regarding exams, proctoring, assignments, etc.
  7. I have taken some CSD classes from another institution already. Do I need to retake these?
    • It depends. If you think that you have taken a course that is equivalent, send a copy of that course syllabus and the year it was taken. The CSD faculty will review the syllabus for you and determine if the same content is sufficiently covered.
  8. I have taken similar courses at a different university- can these courses count toward this leveling program, or do I need to retake them at UM?
    • It depends. If you think that you have covered the content in one of our leveling courses in another course (or in a combination of courses) you have completed (and earned a grade ≥C), request a course equivalency form from Dr. Collins. Complete the form and return it along with the course syllabus/syllabi. The leveling program instructors will review your course syllabi and determine whether the course(s) was/were indeed equivalent.
  9. If I take leveling courses at the University of Montana, will these courses be accepted at other graduate programs?
    • The content for most prerequisite courses is relatively standardized across CSD programs. Our courses are meant to meet the needs of many students, not just those enrolling in the CSD graduate program at the University of Montana. Of course, the ultimate decision to accept a course lies with your chosen institution. If you have concerns, we recommend that you verify with your intended graduate institution(s).
  10. How much time should I devote to each class?
    • For every one credit hour in which you enroll in the campus-based program, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying (i.e., one 3-credit course = 6-9 hours per week of studying over 15 weeks, for a total of 90-135 hours per regular university semester).
    • The same amount of content is covered in each of the courses in the online leveling program, but the duration of each course is shorter. Keep in mind that you will still need to study for approximately 90-135 hours during the duration of the course (e.g., for an eight-week course, plan to study 11-17 hours per week).

SLHOS Leveling Program Contact Information

Please email Meghann Schroeder , Professional Academic Advisor of the SLHOS Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program, with any questions that you may have, or call her at (406) 243-6105.

Dr. Ginger Collins
Director of the SLHOS Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program
21 Curry Health Center